Despite only being in AEW for a few weeks, CM Punk has decided to challenge for the world title this Sunday. It will be his first shot at a world title since 2013 and has less on Guest’s mind than just the world championship.
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Punk sat down with ESPN Marc Raimondi to discuss via an upcoming match and various other topics, including what part of AEW drew him back to wrestling after a seven-year break, and equally as important, the best part of wrestling that I’ve seen in my comeback.
“F*ck buyrates and million-dollar gates and everything. That’s what this s*it is about. What’s the best part?” Punk asked rhetorically. “The best part is making these new relationships and showing guys what a lot of guys never showed me but should have: to not be a dick to these kids who just want to be pro wrestlers …
“There’s people that I shared locker rooms with that I wish I could have just talked to like a normal person and picked their brain. But everybody is like so guarded. I literally just want to show them I’m an open book. I’m here. I’m walking around all day [backstage]. Whatever you need, I’m literally here for you. It’s a full-time job, baby. Literally. But I love it.”
Punk has had a lot of matches with upcoming stars in AEW, such as Darby Allin, MJF, Powerhouse Hobbs, John Silver, and Max Caster among others. Punk said he wants to help bring rookie talents into the company and all of the wrestlers in the article mentioned this, including Hobbs and Allin.